Faculty Teaching Showcase: Using collaborative Learning to Teach Large Classes

Wednesday, March 29 2017 @ 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

Academy of Teaching Scholars Competency: Instructional Strategies


Presenter(s): Jennifer Nelson, Anusha S Rao
Audience: Faculty, Staff, and Learners


Have you considered using group work to make your large classes more engaging and interactive, but wondered how you would manage the logistics and structure the activities? Although lecturing seems an effective mode to deliver content to a large group of learners, it can lead to issues with classroom management and student motivation and engagement. Collaborative learning is a popular active learning technique shown to improve student learning and motivation. But, designing, implementing, and assessing the outcomes of collaborative learning in the context of a large class can feel exceptionally challenging. In this faculty teaching showcase, we will engage in a conversation with Jennifer Nelson from the Department of Earth Sciences to learn more about how she has successfully used collaborative learning models in large intro-level classes. She will discuss her process of creating an active, group work-based large class session with examples of well-structured and incentivized class-preparation techniques and in-class activities that motivate students and trigger their higher-order thinking.

This webinar is part of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s new Faculty Teaching Showcase Webinar Series, a venue for faculty to share their teaching practices with one another. Designed to inspire, inform and give faculty the confidence to try new teaching strategies, each interactive webinar features a conversation with a faculty member about how they implemented a successful teaching technique. Each webinar will be 30 minutes long with an optional 15-minute follow-up discussion period.


This event is sponsored by the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning . If you have questions about this event please contact the office at (317) 274-1300 or by email at ctl@iupui.edu.

This event fulfills the Instructional Strategies competency for the Academy of Teaching Scholars.